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title Cotto-Margarito: July 26 Las Vegas

Welterweight superpowers MIGUEL COTTO and ANTONIO MARGARITO, and Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM will embark on a coast-to-coast media tour next week announcing “The Battle!” / “La Batalla!” — their compelling and eagerly-awaited world welterweight championship fight. Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, and Margarito (36-5, 26 KOs), from Tijuana, Mexico, will duke it out for the welterweight championship of the world, headlining a pay-per-view extravaganza, Saturday, July 26, at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »

title Boxing News: Hatton-Lazcano, Mijares-Munoz, Guzman-Campbell

In stark contrast to the circulating stories of an illness during training camp, which turned out to be nothing more than a fleeting minor virus, IBO/Ring Light Welterweight World Champion Ricky Hatton extended an open invitation to the British press yesterday to witness a rigorous display of his healthful condition. There has been no denial from Team Hatton that Ricky picked up a virus for a short period, but he was so far advanced in his training that he was already preparing to cut back. Read the rest of this entry »

title Frenkel vs. Phelps

frenkal33331.jpgBy Erik Schmidt: Unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Alexander Frenkel (14-0, 10 KOs) faces perhaps his toughest challenge of his short career when he meets up with American Cory Phelps (12-3-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, in Bayern, Germany. Frenkel, 23, will be fighting for the vacant IBF Youth cruiserweight title. Frenkel is coming off an impressive 5th round stoppage over American Arthur Williams in his last bout in February. In that fight, Williams was totally dominated and dropped twice before the referee stopped the one-sided bout in the 5th.

At 23, Frenkel, originally from Ukraine and now living and fighting out of Germany, is one of the top cruiserweight prospects in the world, though he has still yet to fight any top level opposition thus far in his career. In selecting Phelps, Frenkel’s management is choosing a tough opponent, one who many felt beat Bobby Gunn in their recent 6-round draw in March. Even though his record isn’t all that impressive with his three losses, Phelps is much better than his record indicates. He has excellent power and moves well around the ring. That is precisely the type of fighter that may turn out to be the Achilles hill for Frenkel, who despite his enormous power in either hand, he’s somewhat stationary, and moves rather poorly for a top level fighter. Read the rest of this entry »

title Angulo vs. Gutierrez On Saturday

angulo444.jpgBy Aaron Klein: Undefeated light middleweight prospect Alfredo Angulo (12-0, 9 KOs) makes his second appearance of the year this Saturday night when takes on Colombian Richard Gutierrez (24-1, 14 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title at the Buffalo Bills Hotel, in Primm, Nevada. Also on the card is undefeated light middleweight contender James Kirkland a super featherweight phenom Yuriorkis Gamboa, so this will be a good chance for the young 25 year-old Angulo to show off his skills in comparisons to fellow light middleweight Kirkland.

Angulo represented Mexico in the 2004 Olympic Games, losing to Ireland’s Andy Lee. Since turning professional in January 2005, Angulo has strung together a high percentage of knockouts in that short time period, with four of him nine knockout victories coming in the 1st round. In his last two fights, Angulo has surprised many with 1st round knockouts over the tough veterans Archak TerMeliksetian and most recently Ricardo Cortes. Most people hadn’t expected Angulo to win so impressively over either fighter. More to the point, some fans felt that Angulo wouldn’t be able to get by TerMeliksetian at all period, let alone knock him out in the 1st round. Read the rest of this entry »

title Torres And Fernandez Fight To A Draw

torres4633.jpgBy Nate Anderson: In one of the poorer scored fights I can recall seeing, light welterweight prospect Joel Torres (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Christopher Fernandez (15-4-1, 9 KOs) fought to an 8-round draw on Wednesday night at the Gotham Hall, in New York, New York. The final judges’ scores were 77-75, for Torres, 78-74, for Fernandez and the third judge scored it 76-76. I personally had Torres winning by several rounds, but I suppose the judges’ can’t be blamed because Torres, who had came into the fight as the one expected to win, was hardly impressive to say the least. In fact, both fighters looked bad and fought a mostly boring fight, holding often and landing few hard shots in the fight.

Torres concentrated mostly on the midsection of Fernandez in the opening round, hitting him with hooks repeatedly. Fernandez, the bigger and stronger guy, allowed the shorter Torres to crowd him. Although Fernandez, 32, seemed to relish the idea of fighting on the inside for some reason, often coming in close to Torres and trying to out-punch him at close quarters. Being the shorter guy, Torres seemed more than happy to oblige Fernandez with his inside fighting game and freely fire back with short punches. The punches were terribly weak, however, which is where the judges’ probably figured that Fernandez was doing better, even though he was landing much less frequently than Torres. So far, I was coming close to being impressed with neither fighter. Read the rest of this entry »

title Figueroa Decisions Rodriguez

fig432.jpgBy Nate Anderson: Light welterweight prospect Francisco Figueroa (19-2, 13 KOs) defeated Luis Rodriguez (22-2, 13 KOs) by a 12-round unanimous decision on Wednesday night to retain his NABF light welterweight title at the Gotham Hall, in New York, New York. The final judges’ scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112, all for Figueroa. Going into the fight, the 23 year-old Rodriguez was thought to have been able to make this a close fight based on his excellent record. However, at once glance of his record, with all of the fights taking place against unknown opposition, I should have been more skeptical about his chances in the fight.

Built like a tall string bean, Rodriguez rarely used his height to his advantage against the much shorter Figueroa. Instead, Rodriguez allowed t Figueroa to bull his way to the inside and stay there for most of the fight, hitting Rodriguez over and over with short head shots. In fact, Rodriguez took an awful lot of head shots for a fight with such a low level title at stake. With the fight going very much against him in the later rounds of the fight, he may have been better off if he had just folded his cards and quit on his stool in between rounds, especially considering he had no power to speak of an almost a zero chance of scoring a knockout of Figueroa. Read the rest of this entry »

title Solis vs. Botha On May 30th

solis-bates341.jpgBy Scott Gildfoid: In somewhat of a disappointing move, former 2004 Cuban Olympic heavyweight Gold Medalist Odlanier Solis (9-0, 6 KOs) will be reportedly fighting former heavyweight contender Francois Botha (45-4-2, 28 KOs) on May 30th in Spain. The fight would have meant much more say five years ago when Botha was still fighting regularly, but since that time the 39 year-old Botha has fought only one time and clearly isn’t the same fighter he was in his prime. This seems to be a case of Solis fighting a named fighter so as to increase the Cuban’s stature in the division.

Despite winning the Gold Medal in 2004, Solis has still done little as of yet, mostly fighting soft opposition. In his toughest fight to date against 6’4” Cisse Salif in March, Solis struggled badly, missing often and having problems with Salif’s size. To be sure, Solis, a smallish heavyweight at 6’0”, looked horrible in the bout and nothing like a future champion. If not for Salif’s lack of offense, this would have easily have been a loss for Solis, who looked like he didn’t belong in the same ring with Salif. I had expected that Solis would continue moving up against better opposition after the Salif fight, but he immediately went back to fighting C-class opponents in his next bout, a fight against a badly overmatched Georgian fighter Mamuka Jikurashvili, who Solis dropped three times with body shots en route to a 2nd round TKO in April. Read the rest of this entry »

title Boxing News: Larry Holmes, Mack-Judah, Hatton-Lazcano

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Larry Holmes has dismissed the current crop of heavyweight boxers as nothing more than ‘big and strong guys who don’t know how to fight.’

Speaking to Setanta Sports News Holmes said:

“If you want to prove yourself as a champion, you have to fight everybody and anybody who comes up and gives you that challenge. You have to prove yourself worthy of being Heavyweight Champion of the World. Read the rest of this entry »

title Boxing News: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Pavlik-Lockett Undercard, Mijares-Munoz

When unbeaten super featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa (9-0-0, 8 kos) steps into the ring against Darling Jimenez (23-2-2, 14 kos) this Saturday (May 17th) in Primm, Nevada, it will not only be the HBO debut of the Cuban Olympic gold medallist, but also his chance to win the WBC international championship. The title had been laid down by none other than Phillipinian superstar Manny Pacquiao before “Pacman” stripped the world title from Juan Manuel Marquez on March 15th. Read the rest of this entry »

title Boxing News: Solis-Botha, Aaron Williams, Khan-Gomez

Olympic gold medallist Odlanier Solis and former world heavyweight champion Francois Botha were meant to meet in the ring in December 2007 but the “White Buffalo” drew in his horns on very short notice. Now everything is set and the contracts are signed for the fight to take place on May 30th in Bilbao, Spain.. Read the rest of this entry »

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